Since its inception in March 1997, SLEHC has awarded over $66 million to more than 1100 community-based programs. About seventy five percent of these grants support health programs in the greater Houston area, with the remaining going to programs throughout the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, a figure that reflects the hospital’s patient base and source of revenue. In total, programs have been funded in 29 Texas counties.
Through its Community Health Assessment process, SLEHC has also created the Community Health Information System (CHIS), an on-line, interactive website containing both quantitative and qualitative information about the 57-county service area. The CHIS is continually updated and refined as a resource for the entire community. It currently contains vital information (census, ethnicity, sex, births, deaths) from 1990-2000, as well as income and other data. The CHIS features interactive mapping down to the census tract (neighborhood) level. Comparisons can be made among all 57 counties. The Community Resource Database was added in 2001 in partnership with United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast and includes a database of 12,000 health and service programs throughout a 13 county area. Users can identify, locate and contact resources either by type of service or geographical area. The newest CHIS component, Project Safety Net, was added in 2006 and includes a detailed listing of over 70 safety net clinics in Harris County.
SLEHC also launched selected strategic initiatives. Current examples include:
- Healthy Neighborhood Initiatives, a collaborative, consensus-oriented model for health assessment, priority setting, and intervention and evaluation in targeted neighborhoods. The model, now active in ten neighborhoods, promotes a broad definition of health that goes beyond the absence of disease underlying the social and economic factors that affect quality of life and addresses the individual and community.
- Community Capacity Building Tool Kit, a resource for the non-profit community to assist organizations in building internal capacity and promote sustainability. The kit consists of five tools: 1) donor/prospect management, 2) organizational assessment, 3) outcomes management, 4) best practices and 5) a web-based technical assistance directory (under development).
- Preschool for ALL is a collaborative program to make quality preschool accessible and affordable for all three and four-year olds living in the Houston area. This partnership involves the design and development of an innovative online mapping project, which will provide an internet-based Web site with interactive capability to retrieve maps and data related to poverty, language spoken at home, parents working and licensed child care centers.
- The Mobile Health Forum (MHF), is comprised of all non-profit mobile units in the Greater Houston Area, seeks to strengthen mobile service collaboration through a comprehensive web-based communication and planning system, and to raise public awareness for mobile outreach in Houston.
- Youth Nutrition Fitness Initiative (YNFI), a strategic plan for the prevention and treatment of overweight children in Houston – Harris County.